“My dream is that my village would be changed to become a healthier one – that every family will use a hygienic toilet and wash their hands using soap after defecating and before eating. I know it is not an easy task to transform the village by myself, but end of the day I can […]
Two years ago, Habitat for Humanity started working in a community in Northern Bangladesh to improve water, sanitation and hygiene practices amongst households. This included training to construct toilet facilities to a safer and more sustainable standard. Previously, people in the community would have likely used pit toilets which aren’t hygienic or practised open defecation.
Sophie Cooke is Habitat for Humanity Australia’s International Program Manager. Recently she travelled to Indonesia to visit a housing project for displaced persons supported by Communities for Communities.
San San is a 55 year old widow living in a basic shack with her 11 year old son in Dala, Myanmar. San San’s home was destroyed by Cyclone Nargis in 2008. Her only source of income is doing odd jobs around the community and she only earns about 3,500 Myanmar Kyat (AUD$3.50) a day. […]
Chor Gobudia is a poor community in Northern Bangladesh where about 30 families reside. With limited resources, the community lacks basic facilities such as toilets and access to safe water. Their only source of water came from an old well which was easily contaminated and lead to the spread of water borne diseases.
Today marks World Health Day and we are reminded of the impact that safe housing has on health.
Access to clean water doesn’t just benefit a communities health, but has a wide range impact of families in developing communities. Habitat for Humanity’s International Program Manager, Sophie Cooke explains…
With the support of donors including Jackie Maxted, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Habitat for Humanity supporters, we recently completed our water, sanitation and hygiene program in Mon State, Myanmar.
In remote Myanmar, school children can be found learning about health practices, such as washing hands and using clean bathrooms for the very first time.
It’s the little things that make a big difference – and on World Toilet Day we are reminded of the importance and impact sanitation has on health, livelihoods and privacy and security.